By coincidence, it turned out that a relative’s baby was being baptized while Alice and her family were in Budapest and yesterday she sent me an album of pictures of this event. I think they were taken by the baby’s father.
If I try to explain how baby Ilona is related to me I would have to say that my husband’s mother was the sister of one of her great-grandmothers. It sounds remote, but really wasn’t. Her grandmother was Paul’s cousin and we knew them all very well and one of Ilona’s aunts, Ako, lived with us for a year and went to a Catholic girls’ school with my daughters, a school which very kindly allowed her to attend free of charge. But sad to say, Ako, who is married and lives in Italy, was not able to be in Budapest for this family event. But Ako’s mother and her other sister Reka who lives in Germany and my sister in law Isa were there, as well as my nephew Miki who is teaching at the American School in Budapest. Miki was the godfather and his wife Marian and daughter Lea and I think son Benedek were there as well.